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NYU Langone doctors often recommend making dietary and other lifestyle changes to reduce reflux and prevent damage to the esophagus caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). For some people with mild GERD symptoms, lifestyle changes alone may eliminate discomfort.
The first step in reducing GERD is often to limit foods that set off reflux. These “trigger foods” differ from person to person but often include chocolate, coffee, fried foods, peppermint, spicy foods, and carbonated beverages.
Your doctor may advise that you eliminate some or all of these foods or keep a food diary to pinpoint which foods trigger GERD symptoms.
In addition to avoiding dietary triggers, our doctors may recommend several lifestyle changes you can make to alleviate GERD symptoms:
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